“Party Members without Party”

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Good morning, America.

This is not going to be some kind of political tirade or a mirror for the explosive responses lighting up Twitter and social media. I’ll cut right to the point.

We’re still one nation. No two presidential candidates have ever been so despised in our lifetimes. The outcome of the election was bound to disappoint, to split the country in two, and to deepen the divide between the people. We should’ve expected to see talk of hatred and riots, and the appearance of #notmypresident, but we don’t have to emulate that ourselves. Burning the flag? Really?

Regardless of your political affiliation, you’re still an American (excluding of course our readers overseas!). We have the task ahead of us of healing the divide and getting over disappointment. We can’t expect any one president-elect to fix it. Certainly not from any one of those candidates.

Black Mage, White Mage, Red Mage… we’re all party members no matter our political party. What our country needs right now is empathy, compassion, healing and inspiration. Love. Loving your neighbor as yourself. “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)

Mutual respect. Showing grace. Overcoming darkness with light.

America needs a voice like Martin Luther King Jr., who said:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

This is no longer about winning or losing, about right or left. This is now about the future of our country and whether we want that to be characterized by further division, exits, and hatred, or by every man and woman doing their part to bring us all together. There are greater threats out there in the world than you and I. As President Obama said, we are patriots first.

This is a story that has been told over and over. We can put aside our disagreements and band together to fight the dragons.

Sincerely,
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-The Well-Red Mage 

 

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15 thoughts on ““Party Members without Party”

  1. Seeing my mother throw a tirade in light of Hillary’s Presidential election season defeat, has been a tough experience for me but I’ll get through it.

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  2. My heart goes out to all of my cherished American neighbours. I wish you guys a strong, united, and peaceful future. Us Canadians will always have you back, and we will happily join your party to vanquish the big scary dragons in our world.

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  3. As an Englishman all I can say is good luck and thank you for the tremendous stories of the election. Much more interesting than Brexit, at least…

    But seriously, a good piece. Hope Trump isn’t quite the idiot he seems to be, for all our sakes really.
    Reuben

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  4. Well said, Red. The unfortunate consequence of having such an emotion and sensation driven election is the inevitable explosive fallout. But as we regain our sensibilities as a nation I hope we can rise to a maturity and grace that has been absent from the conversation for so long. Hyperbole and rhetoric – the Fat Man and Little Boy of politics – may have gripped us for a time and left the landscape in ruin but we don’t have to be slaves to it going forward.

    My one bit of advice, as difficult as it may be, is to not participate in the arguments and complaining that will ensue. The only way to get anything over their impenetrable wall is to slowly gain trust through maturity which will eventually give credibility to your words in their eyes. When shouting is met with silence the only voice they’ll hear is their own and eventually they’ll realize it’s not pretty.

    Anyways, that’s how I plan to move forward coupled with the perspective that none of this actually has any impact on my life except how much money comes out of my check. I’m still going to work hard, try to improve as a father and husband, find ways to lift up my fellow man, and understand my place in this grand story. I wish you all the best as you write the story of your life. I hope you fill it with joy and compassion.

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    • Inspiring words. Thank you for being so positive, TM! I think it’s time to move beyond the name-calling and hyperbole, and unite as one people. There are bigger problems in the world. Ultimately, we’re in charge of ourselves, like you said. I appreciate your comment.

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